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Spiced Maple Shortbread and A Slovenian Castle

With the arrival of September I’m delighting in all things autumnish. Yes, I’m still basking in gloriously hot sunshine during the day, but I confess I’m enjoying the cooler nights where I get to wear sweaters and tucked quilts around me while I read or watch movies.

I’m excited today because The Travel Belles are featuring an article I wrote on Bled Castle in Slovenia. 🙂 I’d love it if you’d pop over and take a look and leave a comment to let us know what you think. 🙂 Click here to visit this gorgeous castle.

This morning I got up bright and early so I could take my walk and still have time to pick some blackberries before work. I have grand plans for a Blackberry Nectarine Galette to feast on this weekend. 🙂

This cooler weather has really put me in a baking mood, and my favorite thing right now is Spiced Maple Shortbread. Tender, buttery, not-too-sweet with all sorts of lovely Christmasy smells wafting through the house as they bake, these simple little cookies are so divine with a cup of strong black tea or sweet orange tea.

What does Autumn put you in the mood for?

Spiced Maple Whole Grain Shortbread


2 cups whole grain pastry or all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 Tbsp granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add maple extract to melted butter and stir.
  3. Mix dry ingredients and stir in butter.
  4. Press into a square 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Cut into squares and bake for 20 minutes.
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budgetjan - Hi Krista, I was tempted by this post at the bottom of your blog and clicked on it. I have not seen it before (maybe it was when I was overseas or before I started following) and am going to make the shortbread. 1/2 butter – does that mean 250 grams?

RamblingTart - Hope you find some juicy ones, Val!!! Have a wonderful weekend too! 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m with you, Joanne!! Such fabulous, heart-warming flavors. 🙂

RamblingTart - I can’t wait to see spring in Australia, Anna. 🙂 Hopefully next year!

bellini valli - Shortbread is a favourite around here. I can’t wait to get to the farmers market now too for some blackberries. They do not grow here in our semi-desert climate.Have a fantastic long weekend!!

Joanne - I am always in a fall mood. Even throughout summer, all I can really think about is pumpkin and sweet potatoes and cranberries! Oh, and maple. One should never forget maple.

These cookies look fantastic! I am going to add them to my Christmas cookie list!

Anna Johnston - Spring is officially arrived in my neck of the woods, but Oh My, this recipe still looks good to me 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, El! It’s so scrumptious and quite healthy for a dessert. 🙂 I don’t feel guilty at all! 🙂

I’m actually home again, but will be heading to Europe in December for Christmas with my family. I can’t wait! 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh no! Sorry, Zita! 🙂 I’m so glad you have another Slovenia experience – I can’t wait to see it!! I will be looking forward to your Bled photos on your blog. I just love it there! 🙂

RamblingTart - I know what you mean, Elra. 🙂 It’s one of those familiar things I just don’t think to make often. 🙂 The maple is really delicious. 🙂

El - I’ve never seen a shortbread like this. It looks great. How long are you traveling for? It seems like you’ve been everywhere! Enjoy!!

Zita - Oh, I was gonna write about Bled for Travel Belles! 🙂 Anyway, I had another experience there I can write about! 🙂

Bled is real a gem in Slovenia, don’t you think? I will write about it on my blog. The photos we were taken are magnificent!

elra - I haven’t made shortbread for such a long time, the maple extract sounds intriguing.

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